The 30-year-old was one of five Everton players who had to isolate due to coronavirus concerns and was unable to play in the club’s opening-day victory over Southampton.
Everton face Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon, but Rodriguez, whose future is uncertain after being told he can leave this summer,announced on his Twitch stream that he won’t be playing again – while claiming he didn’t know who they were up against.
Rodriguez has yet to play in front of the Everton fans since his £20 million move from Real Madrid last summer, but he has revealed that he will return to the Toffees’ Finch Farm training facility next week.
‘I think I’ll start training on Monday,’ Rodriguez said on his livestream.
‘I’m not playing this weekend; I don’t even know who Everton is playing, could you please tell me?’
‘I guess it’s gone since the past was here at home,’ he explained later. ‘Ah, they play Leeds, away from home, against (Marcelo) Bielsa, a difficult game, let’s see what happens, hopefully they win,’ says the manager.
As the Columbian’s future remains uncertain, James Rodriguez has admitted that he ‘doesn’t even know’ who Everton will face this weekend.
‘I have faith that this season will be beneficial for me; tremendous things are on the way,’ he continued.
‘Anything might happen between now and August 30; I don’t know where I’ll play; I’ll be wherever things go well.’
Rodriguez’s words follow his admission in a recent video that he only wants to play where he’s desired.